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station in the stronghold northeastern libya is calling on citizens to rise up. nhk world has that story.
it is up 5.4% and it has regained that 9,000 mark. >>> you are watching nhk "newsline." let me first remind you that the audio of this broadcast can be heard on the bilingual or sub channel of the domestic board gtv channel. an nhk helicopter has taken footage showing what appears to be white smoke billowing from the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. we are looking at the footage taken earlier. about 20 minutes ago at the fukushima daiichi power plant where what appears to be white smoke blowing from the fukushima daiichi power plant. what has been happening since then is the plant reported another fire and flames were seen coming from some of the reactors then and now from 10:00 a.m. an nhk helicopter is flying 30 kilometer away from the plant had been taken footages of this nhk fukushima daiichi i plant where you see white smoke billowing from there. we do not know if it is caused by the flame, or if it is hydrogen explosion. we will be updating with you as we have more details on that. you are now looking at footage taken about 20 minutes ago at the fukushima daiichi nu
on citizens to rise up. nhk world has that story. >> reporter: a local radio station in al bayda, the voice of free libya. it used to be a state run radio station but sided with anti-government forces beginning last month. the station director is ali ashour, who is 56. the station director is 56. previously he had not been allowed to broadcast anything other than praise for colonel gadhafi, for which he felt ashamed. ast -government demonstrations month, and security troops killed more than 60 citizens. at the time many staff members gathered in ashour's office. they all resolved to stop broadcasting government propaganda and to support the demonstrators. >> reporter: the aspirations of freedom-seeking young people support ashour's belief. hanza, the second son of ali, took part in the demonstrations and suffered head and leg injuries after clashing with security forces. >> reporter: through broadcasting, ashour is trying to inspire people towards the decisive battle against the gadhafi regime. >> reporter: citizens of libya have stood up in pursuit of freedom. they have been supported by a
not go near the waters. move to higher ground as soon as possible. you're watching nhk world and a major earthquake hit japan friday afternoon. this happened about an hour and 15, 20 minutes ago. japan's meteorological agency says the earthquake measured 8.4. the agency issued a tsunami warning for japan's pacific cost. in northern japan tsunami waves of up to 4 meters were observed soon after the quake. the agency is warning the tsunami could be between 6 and 10 meters. you're seeing some of the tsunami damage so far in miyagi prefecture in the sendai area where some of the homes and farms have been flooded when the tsunami went upstream a river. according to the transport ministry, the international airport has reopened two of its four runways. international airport has reopened two of its four runways. they had earlier closed all. they have reopened two of its four runways. the japan road traffic information center, japan road information center, and police say express ways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. the japan road traffic information center and police say e
of a major disaster unfolding in japan. we want to take you live coverage by nhk as they cover not only this earthquake but pictures there, the result of the tsunami that followed that quake after it struck at 2:46 local time in northeast japan. >> now, this is not any kind of populated building. this is actually a refinery. it's an oil -- a natural gas refinery that, as we've watched this thing catch fire. there were initial small flames and now we've watched it take over the entire facility. we want to listen in now to nhk. >> in chiba free fek tour east of tokyo, ish kau what having a hard time containing the fire. police in miyagi prefecture says a number of people are missing. tsunami waves swept through coastal areas inland. many building and cars have left -- been left submerged. prefecture police say at least eight people have now been confirmed dead in four prefectures in northern japan. prefectural police say at least eight people have been confirmed dead in four prefectures in northern japan. in the northeastern prefecture of fukashima says a welfare facility collapsed. sever
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." international pressure is mounting against libyan leader moammar gadhafi. u.s. president barack obama has called on gadhafi to step down, but he remains hesitant over creating a no-fly zone over the country. >> i want to make sure that those full range of options are available to me. the region will be watching carefully to make sure we're on the right side of history. >> in a news conference on thursday, obama said gadhafi has lost legitimacy to lead and he must leave. he said his departure would be good for libya and the people and he said the u.s. has sent military aircraft to air lift egyptians who have fled from libya to neighboring tunisia. earlier in the week, the u.s. senate unanimously passed a resolution calling on the united nations to impose a no-fly zone. the secretary of defense robert gates said taking control of the skies or other direct military action would have 0 its con consequences for u.s. interests, not just in libya but throughout the middle east. >>> meanwhile, france and britain say they will support the introducti
>>> welcome to nhk news world line. the u.s. embassy announced the head of japan affairs at the state department kevin maher has been fired. visiting u.s. assistant secretary of state kurt campbell, in facted him of the move on thursday in their talks on thursday. they say a former deputy chief will assume the post. maher reportedly told some college students in the u.s. last december that okinawans are masters of manipulation and extortion. he was referring to the relocation of a u.s. marines air space station in the southern most prefecture. in the talks with takeaki matsumoto, campbell said maher's comments are unacceptable and contrary to u.s. policy and its respect for the people of okinawa. >>> japan's two major stock exchange operators will explore the possibility of consolidating their businesses. the talks will be aimed at bolstering japan's standing in the world equity market, amid growing pressure for realignment in the industry. if they agree to integrate operations it will have a listing of 4,000 stocks, rivaling the world's leading forces. the two will likel
> >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> as the turmoil in libya continues to worsen, crude oil futures rose close to $107 per barrel in new york on monday. this is the highest level in about two years and five months. buy orders increased due to intensified fighting between gadhafi supporters and opposition forces in libya. investors were also concerned that the unrest may spread to other oil-producing countries in the middle east. as a result the benchmark wti crude futures briefly hit $106.95 per barrel in after-hours trading. meanwhile, gold futures also climbed to $1,445.70 an ounce at one point in new york, the highest on record. the lack of clarity on the middle east unrest drove investors to buy gol a safe asset. market sources say rising crude prices are pushing up gasoline prices in the united states. they say concerns are spreading that the trend may adversely affect u.s. consumer sentiment and dampen economic recovery. >>> japan's current account surplus marked its first drop in nearly two months due to a jump in imports and soaring prices of crude oil and iron ore.
of us in japan. 8.9 magnitude earthquake. the anchors there speaking english, this is the nhk world series in japan, our partners in news coverage. we thank them. listen. >> 20 to 30 people evacuated on the rooftop. also, there is, the town, city, the city office and there are many people who evacuated there. and are waiting for rescue. behind the hospital, the city, we do see some buildings. where people, have evacuated. so people can evacuate to high ground. and how did you spend last night? well, last night, we didn't have air conditioning or heaters working. so, we gathered together to keep warm. please remain have you have evacuated until rescue arrives. if rescue doesn't come quickly, we still need water and other things besides medical -- medicine. so you don't have any water, or food? no. we have nothing here. well, thank you very much. please -- [ inaudible ] yes, thank you very much. >> shepard: this is live coverage out of nhk, the world service there. the english language service from the japanese station nhk. and some of these pictures we're seeing are live. but all of
this before. and regarding this matter, at 2:25 a.m. -- >>> you are watching nhk world. this is "newsline" for 11:00 a.m. japan time. >>> video footage from the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant shows what appears to be steam or smoke rising from four reactor buildings. this footage was shot from an nhk helicopter at around 7:00 a.m. on thursday from a distance of over 30 kilometers from the plant. what appears to be steam was rising from the number one reactor building for the first time. 'steam was also seen riding from the buildings of the number 2, number 3, and number 4 reactors. the nuclear and industrial safety agency says that steam was rising from the four reactors as of 10:00 a.m. and that all of it was colorless. at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, work to cool down the storage pool after reactor building has been resumed. on wednesday, black smoke was seen rising from the number 3 reactor building. for safety reasons, work was suspended on restoring the cooling systems of reactor buildings one through four. the nuclear and industrial safety age
with attacks daily from the air and ground. one of their spokesperson told nhk on thursday that gadhafi loyalists are targeting water, and electricity facilities and roads. nhk's correspondent in the middle east says government forces are trying to retake the city by cutting supply routes. targeting essential utilities will affect the lives of ordinary people. international criticism and pressure against gadhafi to step down are likely to intensify. >>> nato agreed any action to establish a no-fly zone over libyan airspace must be mandated by a u.n. security council resolution and approved by libya's neighbors. nato defense ministers held a meeting in brussels on thursday to discuss the tense situation in the battle torn country. they discussed setting up a no-fly zone to protect anti-government forces from aerial bombing by pro-gadhafi loyalists. the ministers agreed the necessity of intervention must be clear. after the meeting, nato secretary general rasmussen said concrete plans are needed to impose a no-fly zone. >> regarding a possible no-fly zone in case nato were to receive a cl
. in an interview with nhk in bangkok on friday, they spoke about the plan to start building a plant in 2020. >> we still have about a year or two to make that final decision. whether to go nuclear or not. but now i think we will reassess the risks, and we'll see how the rest of the world reacts to this. >> and in india, about 100 people staged a demonstration on friday demanding that the government scrap its plan to build more nuclear power plants in the country. >> even a country like japan unable to manage a nuclear plant, we must transfer the whole substance and more to renewable energies which are safer. >> 20 nuclear power plants are in operation in india. the government wants to double that number by 2020, to catch up with soaring energy demands and growing economic growth. >>> in quake-hit northeastern japan, more than 10,000 people have been confirmed dead, and about 17,000 others are still unaccounted for. the death toll is expected to rise further. two weeks have passed since the quake and more than 200,000 people are still in evacuation shelters. nhk world reports from one such shelter.
shuttles. >> now again, you are listening to live and watching live coverage from nhk japanese television network of the 8.8 earthquake that is struck the area. you can see tsunami waves sweeping into farmland in the area, which is 240 miles from tokyo. right now, we have no confirmed reports of injury or death, but we have been able to verify through these live images that there are in fact fires. we do know there has been fires as far away as tokyo, which is 240 miles away from the epicenter and those waves continue to devour this area. this is an absolutely unbelievable scene. an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. it was initially reported as a 7.9 earthquake. that information came in from japanese meteorologists. but once the usgs weighed in, it was quickly upgraded to an 8.8. that happened just about an hour ago. we are continuing to track the details of this earthquake and we will certainly bring you much more as it breaks and becomes available. >> robert, i'm up here on the news set. we are watching the same pictures you are coming in from nhk. there's a little discrepancy about how big th
in that building. just for a moment, let's listen in to nhk coverage. nhk tv there in japan. and listen to what they're able to report at this point. >> reporter: heads of the various political parties, our secretary general and our -- vice deputy president are seeking cooperation from other parties. and the other political parties given the situation, i have not been in could not tack with the other party leaders but i am sure that we will have their understanding. so what does that mean? for a while, the deliberations will be suspended? details about that, our party officials are getting together with other party officials to discuss the matter. the opposition and the people's new party. the details will be taken care of by the party officials who are meeting. you mentioned the aftershocks and the second and third waves. what you ask the people of japan to do. first regarding the tsunamis, alerts and warnings are out. and until these alerts and warnings are lifted, please do not go anywhere near the coast. or rather, please evacuate or he is cape to higher ground. or on to the higher levels o
the earthquake. >> and you're looking at a live report from nhk in japan as they're reporting this. again, these images are just coming in to cnn and japanese television. we're keeping an eye on that. you can see the weather. it is cold. it is snowing. you can see what the tsunami and earthquake did. the telephone lines, electric lines strewn about. this is live from japanese television, nhk. let's listen in for just a second. >> translator: local people urged us to flee because a tsunami will be coming, and we rose to a higher place. >> that is a live broadcast from nhk in japan. obviously this is breaking news there. they have continuing coverage as we do here on cnn in the united states and on cnn international. cnn has put together an amazing way to see what the earthquake and the tsunami did to the coastline and the people who live there. re regy is going to walk us through this. these are images before and after. first what i want to do is bring you to this map of japan. right here is where the epicenter was. you can do this at home. click on one of the cities here. sendai, it's one
affiliate nhk in japan. i want to show our viewers some of these pictures. this shows the devastation, the destruction. john, look at that water surrounding all of those buildings there from the tsunami, the waves just came in and in and in. this is certainly the worst quake in japan's history, but the tsunami, we're only now as sun is beginning to go up over all of japan, just after 7:00 a.m. saturday morning, we're only now, john, beginning to seat enormity. >> it's very difficult to know looking at that footage, looking at those aerial images of where the coast begins and where it stops. where the sea is and where it is in land, and, of course, one of the things about an earthquake is that you can prepare for that. you can change the construction standards, but it is very difficult, as they are now finding out in japan, to prepare for a tsunami this powerful, wolf. >> you know, i want to keep these pictures up for our viewers because these are the first live pictures coming to us from japan, showing the devastation, and we want to thank our affiliate nhk world for these pictures. i
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." in bang he dash, yumus has been ordered to step down as head of grameen bank. the central bank of bangladesh issued the order on wednesday. they say he has been there longer than allowed in the retirement law. grameen bank said he was elected legally and he would remain in office. he was awarded the nobel peace prize for establishing the microlending loans to the poor. they would use the funds as a mean to escape poverty. he has been critical of corrupt officials. he tried to form a political party in the runup to 2008. this put him at odds with politicians in existing parties. reports had surfaced last year about irregularities in the bank's operations. grameen bank denied the allegations but the government has been putting pressure on yumus to resign. >>> they have identified a person in connection with the on-line posting of exam questions while the tests were underway. the police say the 19-year-old man is an examee for kyoto university. police had been trying to find out who sent the questions to an on-line question and answer site while e
are unaccounted for. >>> you are watching nhk world and this is "newsline" for eleven a.m. japan time. friday marks two weeks since the mass i have earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern japan causing heavy damage to the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. workers at the plant have to deal with high radiation levels as efforts to restart cooling systems in the athe reactor buildings. on thursday, three workers were take on the the hospital after being exposed to a high level of radiation. two of the men could be suffering from so-called beta burns. they are similar to regular burns but it could be several weeks before their severity and complications are known. the workers were standing on a flooded basement floor when they tried to reconnect power lines in the turbine building next to the number three reactor building. the radiation level on the surface of the water was 400 millisieverts. the maximum level of radiation exposure allowed for nuclear plant workers in japan is 100 millisieverts, but a health and labor ministry has recently raised the limit to 250 millisieverts for emergency
good thing; he just made it. of japan. ♪ >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." as worries grow over unrest in the middle east, crude oil futures have hit again $100 a barrel in new york. buy orders increased on tuesday as market players became more concerned about future oil supplies on news that iran security forces clamped down on anti-government protesters. iran is the second largest oil producer among opec oil member countries. this e benchmark wti crude futures topped $100 a barrel in after-hours trading for the first time since last wednesday. the index is now at that price. on the new york stock exchange, share prices plunged on tuesday amid growing worries that higher oil prices may slow down the world economic recovery. the dow jones industrial average closed at 12058, down 168 points from the previous day. u.s. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke has indicated america's economy is growing at a faster pace than last year but he cautions over soaring oil prices over continuing soaring prices in the arab world. >> sustained rises in the price 0 of oil and other commodities
you are watching nhk news line. i'm in tokyo. we are waiting for defense minister who is about to hold a news conference to explain the helicopter operation to pour water on the reactor buildings at the fukushima daiichi power plant which has just been operated. right now you are looking at the defense ministry where there is about to be a press conference to explain the operation pouring water on the fukushima daiichi power plant. two japan self defense forces helicopters have sprayed water on the reactor building at the fukushima daiichi power plant. tokyo police guard will use a water cannon truck to spray water from the outside to cool the storage fuel. each helicopter is capability of carrying 7.5 tons of sea water. the operation was held at around 9:48, 9:52, 9:54 a.m. and also 10:00 a.m. on thursday morning. due to radiation levels, though, the operation should be conducted from a minimum altitude and limited to 40 minutes per helicopter per day. on wednesday, a white plume was seen rising from a reactor building at the fukushima daiichi power plant. tokyo electric power
japan's national broadcaster, nhk. the little dot at the top of the screen is a chinook army helicopter and the japanese authorities have been using these helicopters to dump water and lots of it in just four fly-bies over reactor number three and four according to the pictures we are receiving from n.h.k. sen and a half thousand liters have been dumped in, all to try to cool these fleark reactors -- nuclear reactors and these are the very latest pictures we're getting from nhk, the national broadcaster. this is bbc news. >> hello and welcome. see the news unfold, get the top stories from around the globe and click-to-reply video reports. experience the in-depth expert reporting be "bbc world news" on line. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation, and union bank. ♪ >> union bank has put its global expertise to work for a wide range of companies. what can we do for you? >> "bbc world news" was >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet los angeles.
earthquake that has hit japan. let's turn to nhk and listen in. >> it has been revised to 8.8. the quake caused tremors with a 7, the maximum scale of 0 to 7. strong tremors were found in many parts of the country including tokyo. tsunamis continue to wash ashore. a devastating tsunami reached over 7 meters. major tsunami alerts of waves remain in place for many other parts of the country. >> extensive damage has been reported. miyagi has been hit. many people are missward a tsunami up to 7 meters tall swept through low coastal-lying areas. the airport is also submerged. people are stranded on top of buildings and freeways are closed. an nhk live camera captured a port flooded in seawater. cars and trucks were floating amid the debris. an nhk helicopter has captured images of an oil refinery on fire. akorgd to the nuclear power security agency, the five nuclear power plants in northeastern japan got shut down. there's no reports of radioactive leaks and as of 6:00 p.m., japanese time, at least 18 people are confirmed dead. >> we've just been watching the public broadcast of nhk. they bri
. as soon as the quake struck -- we are watching nhk this is our news partner in japan. moments ago they were showing problems at a subpower station. anchors will get back on. brand new pictures coming. in as soon as the quake struck, the deadly tsunami waves raced across the pacific 500 miles per hour as fast as a jet liner. take a look at this map. japan the waves moved toward the main coast of alaska. the west coast of the continental u.s., canada, first it hit hawaii. whoa. gosh, that is big. that is absolutely massive. just lost my shoes. coming straight over the wall on to the main road. that is absolutely unbelievable. here it comes again. pouring over the wall. can you see a car making a run for it out there. i'm completely stranded now. >> shepard: again, that's hawaii early this morning their time. amateur video. we're told the waters busted up marine in as and brushed over road ways. there are no reports of serious injuries. not so in northern california. the surging ocean severely damaged a number of marinas, this was the scene in santa cruz. the coast guard searching fo
>>> you are watching nhk world news line. we begin with encouraging news of the rescue in miyagi prefecture. self defense forces say they found a young man eight days after the earthquake hit central japan. rescuers found the man in the collapsed house on saturday morning. he was immediately taken to a hospital. the self-defense forces say a young man has been rescued in miyagi prefecture eight days after the earthquake hit. the man was found in a collapsed house on saturday morning. he was immediately taken to a hospital. our best wishes for his recovery. >>> at the troubled in fukushima , the fight continues to fight the radiation hazard. it will resume the operation in the afternoon. tokyo electric power company is making efforts to restore power to the cooling system. the tokyo fire department began spraying water into the storage pool into the number three reactor building early on saturday morning. it suspended the operation after spraying water for 20 minutes to connect electricity cables. five fire engines and 13 firefighters were the at site. one truck has a 22 meter d
's from our partner out here, nhk. 18 people confirmed dead. and 60 people injured in tokyo alone. keep in mind that tokyo is hours away from the epicenter. 60 people injured in tokyo. we're not getting numbers out of northern japan where the epicenter was. but the numbers expected to be much larger there. 44 fires recorded in 6 prefectures in japan. and the images, just incredible. we just saw, as we were tracking our partner, nhk, out here, video out of sendai airport. that's a major city near the epicenter. the waves, water, just flooded out there. and tsunami warnings in effect throughout that region. >> akiko, in addition to being our abc correspondent. you lived through this earthquake. you were there at work. this happened in the middle of a work day, on friday afternoon. hitting at 2:36 on friday afternoon. tell us as a firsthand account of living through it what happened. >> reporter: you get a lot of earthquakes out here. you tend to ignore them. i was sitting at my dessing. felt a little shaking but didn't think anything of it. it got stronger and stronger. it lasted quite a
able to use our partners here in japan nhk's world service which is translating to english for us now. let's listen to these brand new reports of an explosion at the nuclear facility number 2. listen. >> there was about 3 atmospheric pressure, now it goes down to 1, meaning that there could have been some cracks formed somewhere in the vessel or in the pool, meaning that water containing radiation could have leaked out. in and around compound 9965.5 micro -- of radiation was. in compared to the normal level that is 10,000 times higher. so, indicating that this explosion might have caused some release of radioactive waste to the outside. this is where the pressure suppression room is located. this container vessel is the last line of defense to prevent the radioactive waste from being release to the outside. and i think that explosion occurred somewhere at around pressure suppression room. suppression pool is one of the cooling systems for the reactor. water is contaminated radioactive substances. so if any crack is formed around this portion, that means that the radioactive substances
a listen. >> live coverage in the area. north of japan. for those of you who just tuned into nhk world, a major hit about an hour ago. 1:10 ago. japan's meteorological agency says the quake measured magnitude 8.4. they have revised it upwards to 8.4. the agency has issued a tsunami warning for japan's coast. the tsunami waves of up to four meeters were observed soon after the quake. they are warning the tsunami could reach between six and ten meters. we're getting reports of several buildings on fire. we don't know the exact amount of damage but we are soon to get a report from the meteorological agency. they are setting up to find out the extent of the damage. all transportation systems in tokyo as well as northern japan has been stopped. airports closed in tokyo, a great earthquake has hit japan. magnitude 8.4 in northern japan. the agency has been warning the tsunami everness is the quake. and a tsunami has hit the miyagi area as our camera crew are up covering and showing you exactly what is going on. the deputy chief cabinet secretary told reporters on friday that the governor of
time next week. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> a senior united nations official says more than 1,000 people may have been killed in the qulain capital of tripoli since anti-government protests erupted about two weeks ago. u.n. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs valerie amos made the assessment at a news conference monday, citing several sources. >> we are seeing reports of over 1,000 people who are said to have died as a result of security problems in tripoli. >> amos added that the fragile security situation in libya makes it difficult to know precisely what is happening there. she also said more than 60,000 people are believed to have fled from libya to egypt and another 40,000 to tunisia. she stressed the urgent need for food and drinking water for refugees as well as clean and safe shelters. meanwhile, supporters of embattled leader moammar gadhafi are fighting back in cities under control of anti-government forces near the capital tripoli. protesters have taken control of major cities in the northeastern part of the country. they're preparing for a post g
, nhk is now reporting perhaps 10,000 people have died during the quake and the tsunami, but those estimates that could rise considerably the next few hours, we've got reports, for instance, that one in northeastern japan was wiped out with 9,500 missing and also the police in the prefecture suggest 5,000 there. and research efforts are hampered by strong aftershocks, here in tokoyo and a sensor warns another massive quake up to 7 magnitude in the next three days. >> clayton: and those warnings signs were there ahead of time, david piper, in ahead of this quake was a warning sign of 7 magnitude quake. >> dave: hopefully none of that will trigger another tsunami. thanks, david. and now let's go to peter doocy, live with the military response to the quake, good morning, peter. >> reporter: good morning, dave. there were about 160,000 americans living in the area and 1300 most affected according to ubs ambassador and because of the time difference, it's evening there and the ambassador says the american embassy is working to send consulate officers to the area tonight to high pressur
unhappiness from boiling over. >> nhk world's lisa komiya in beijing. we will have coverage on this in the coming days. >>> a powerful earthquake has shaken northeastern japan. the tremor occurred at around 11:45 a.m. on wednesday. the quake had an estimated magnitude of 7.2 and was centered off the coast of northeastern japan. the depth of the quake was 10 kilometers. japan's meet lodge cam agency issued a tsunami adviser along the coast of northeastern japan. once again, a powerful earthquake has shaken northeaster japan. the tremor occurred around 11:45 a.m. on wednesday local time. them quake had an estimated magnitude of 7.2 and was centered off the coast of -- in northeastern japan. the depth of the quake was estimated at 10 kilometers. and japan's meteorological agency issued a tsunami advisory off the coast of northeastern japan. >>> japan has a new face for dip lomascy dipcy. -- diplomacy. he will replace serjei maehara who resigned over a political donation scandal. takeaki matsumoto became state tear. he is said to have expertise in financial, fiscal and security
widely. >> the head of the french company subsidiary in japan made a pledge in an interview with nhk. >> reporter: somer have is one of the world's largest conglomerates. itsceo arrived together in japan along with experts. the purpose of the visit is to remove the contaminated te >> i'm going to meet the people in charge and assess the situation. >> reporter: areva is based in france, the world's second largest nuclear energy nation. using remote controlled robot, the company has the capability to access theigy radicte areas. the company is top class in its technology of removing contamination of radiation. the company has a track record of caring out decommissioning of nuclear plants, which have been contaminated. >> it leads to high level lick willeds, high level fluids. >> reporter: the company says it is sending in the protective suits and special vehicles for measuring the radiation level. at present at fukushima daiichi nuclear plant workers are under way to remove contaminated water which has the concentration of 100,000 times the normal level. areva is going to send in five
of the cars have been moved and pushed into the water from the shaking. nhk television shows the cars and trucks and houses being swept away by a tsunami this. it is friday afternoon in japan -- there. it is friday afternoon in japan. no one is reported injured at this time but reports are still coming in. the quake hit at 2:46 in the afternoon and it was followed by a 7.4 magnitude aftershock. there are no reports of injuries now as we said. kron 4's jacqueline bennett is here to tell us more about the tsunami dangers. >> the usgs is working to confirm the tsunami actually happened and i just got the information off the wire here. they say the tsunami has been generated and when no major waves occur for two hours the threat will have passed. there is a tsunami watch in effect right now for hawaii because with a quake this big those tsunamis can affect distant coastlines. magnitude 8.8, this is where it hit just off the coast, the dent 2.2 miles. you need a pretty good size earthquake to cause a tsunami. think of putting your hand in the bathtub. if you shove your water down, it sends
the nhk channel and seeing the damage, that is a concern. >> radiation is very dangerous so we are very worried. >> i am leaving earlier because i am concerned because i really don't know the situation about the radiation. it keeps changing. >> leaving from sendai, largest city closest to the earthquake's epicenter and up the coast from the nuclear plants. for those caught up in the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami, the now ever-growing relief operation still made all the more complex by the bitter weather. bbc news. >> here in tokyo, 150 miles south of the fukushima plant, it is interesting, because i have been speaking to japanese families with young children. they are keen to leave the capital and move to the west and south. i have also been speaking to a british banker who has lived in japan for 18 years. he has been trying to buy his own geiger counter for his wife and family and has been quoted prices of 1,500 pounds. he says if he had children, he would definitely leave. of course, for the japanese people caught up in the crisis much closer to the plant, they have
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japan. japanese public broadcaster nhk is reporting at least 9,500 people are unaccounted for in one port town. officially the death toll is at 574 across japan. however, powerful aftershocks continue to shake the region. for is your vooifrps stranded in the hardest hit areas help is on the way as today the first wave of 50 thousand troops has begun arriving by boats and helicopters to those areas. an explosion at one of japan's nuclear power stations explosion you see right there on your screen, it has destroyed a building that houses a reactor. officials are saying that the radiation levels actually have been decreasing. the tsunami caused it to lose its cooling system and it is raising fears of a meltdown. let's go live now once again to tokyo and to nbc's ian williams. first up, wane to get the name of this port coastal town in which those people are missing. for anyone that's watching and concerned about loved ones, what do you know about the situation? >> it is very difficult to be certain about the numbers missing and numbers unaccounted for. we have seen all sorts of figures
on nhk in the last few minutes. it shows what we think are helicopters dropping liquid over what appears to be reactors three and four. as at chernobyl, it is workers on site incurring the most risk, putting their lives at immediate risk given the high levels of radiation on site. here is the thing that's becoming clear about sort of the end game here, or at least the end game of these efforts, and it is a rather dire but logical calculation. what these workers are doing in trying to use fire hoses or in trying to use helicopters dropping liquid, or in trying to reestablish power to conventional pumping systems, trying to vent pressure from the reactors as they are cooled, what the workers are doing ultimately now is trying to stop emissions of radiation at daiichi, right? as the situation gets more dire, what they're trying to do is frankly stop so much radiation from being emitted there that it kills the workers there. they need to control the radiation enough that it stays possible for humans to keep working there. forget safe. i mean possible. these are large problems that require he
japan's main tv station, nhk, from tokyo. >> we're being told by nhk that a small tsunami hit the shores and near the epicenter around 3:00 p.m. their time. >> japan sits on the ring of fire. a dangerous series of tech tonic plates from south america, throughout the united states and over to japan. three plates all converged. and that afternoon, off the northeast coast of japan a terrifying rumble from deep inside earth. japan rocked by a massive earthquake. buildings shook. >> 8.9 quake, the government confirming 17 deaths so far. >> we're getting more as we're speaking to you now. and if you're just joining us, reports didn't grasp the magnitude of the destruction. >> we've heard quite a bit from the prime minister, urging people just to help each other now. he said the quake did cause major damage in a lot of areas but one thing they're worried about is that nuclear power plants. he said so far those were not affected and there is no radiation leaks. that is certainly a little bit of good news in all of of this. >> 4,000 miles away, the state of hawaii went into high alert. >> we've e
levels of more than eight times above normal. meanwhile, japan's nhk network reports that people within a six mile radius of the plant have been ordered to evacuate. cnn's paula hancocks is in osaka, japan, en route to the epicenter. she joins us on the fowl phone, and, paula, it is 18 hours after the quake, and rescue crews are still on their way. give us an idea of the difficulty, the logistical difficulty of just getting there. >> reporter: well, kristie, a number of the air force in the northern and north and eastern parts are cut off. sendai airport, which is the main one in the worst hit area is under water. there are picks of people standing on the roof unable to move, so certainly that is crippling this emergency relief effort. there are other airports that are just starting to open up now. even if it's just partially opened up, and they are reserved for emergency crews and aid agencies, but those are desperate to get the people on the ground. the added issue is the fact that communications are bad. we understand from some people in the area that mobile phones aren't working. yo
to have all the details ohhen that tonight. we have new video at this hour from nhk. it's kind of difficult to see what you're looking at, but basically it's a long distance shot of reactor four which you see smoke from reactor four. we assume that's from the fire, although we simply do not know. the second fire is in the damaged reactor number four. inside the plant, right now, a dramatic situation developing. about 50 workers, they've evacuated several hundred of the plant workers, that happened yesterday. right now, there's a core group of about 50 workers who are not leaving. they're trying to prevent a greater disaster. they are right now being exposed to potentially lethal doses of radiation. they could end up paying with their lives. a guest says we could know by tomorrow whether or not they are succeeding. they have to succeed or else this thing is going to get a lot worse. radiation fears sweeping japan. many people very concerned. more than 200,000 evacuated. some people being tested for exposure. there's reports that japan's prime minister is furious at the power com
'm sorry. i have to break in here. i got to break in here, soledad. nhk is reporting white smoke seen at nuclear reactor, is it number 1 or number 3? i'm being told white smoke rising from a blast was heard in reactor number 3, smoke rising from reactor number 1. we have jim walsh standing by. what does this tell you, jim? >> reporter: as soon as you started to say that, cooper, i said unit number 3. the government had been earlier concerned hydrogen was building up. remember, at unit 1 we had an explosion, turned out that explosion did not compromise the core facility. the same process, deja vu all over again. we lose a cooling pump, had problems at one reactor, the hydrogen builds up, then explodes. that happened at unit 1 and apparently at unit 3 and we have to assess how significant the damage is. hopefully just the outer structure, concrete building itself and left unaffected the reactor and unaffected the containment vessel. if it were to affect those things, that would be bad news. oh, and by the way, they're actively trying to pump sea water into that unit number 3 in order to
reported off the japan coast. and that is japanese coast. here's what our affiliate there, nhk is reporting. they are saying there is a tsunami warning after this quake in northern japan. they're saying it's about 50 centimeters, about 19 1/2, 19.7 inches. again, that is what is being reported. our meteorologist, jacqui jeras on top of it. we'll check in with her in a bit and go to our people on the ground in japan to find out what's going on. again, an earthquake has been reported by the usgs, and a tsunami warning by our affiliate there as well. we'll get it to you on cnn. let's move on as we await on the developments on that. hall of famer quarterback fran tarkenton is here. fran, you're a business man and a founder of the website called on your website and on youtube, you let nfl players and owners have it, singling out jerry jones and others to get something done. let's take a listen. >> owners and players, get rid of the anger. get rid of the ego. get rid of the lawyers. take the lawyers out of the room. jerry jones, call peyton manning and ray lewis. drew brees,
the ocean there and this is nhk. but again, nhk world, and that's japanese television. just before we came to this, we saw some amazing pictures coming out. all this hour we've been showing you what our ireporters were witnessing and just some of the most amazing video captured by people who were in the middle of this at the time. but again, millions of people, of course, are without power there so they're not able to see this. many of them don't have transmission. of course they are wondering about many others, hundreds if not thousands who are missing. four train cars and all of the above. again, that is japanese television anchor there, but we're going to continue to follow this developing story here on cnn. again, the clock is ticking to find survivors. 8.9 magnitude quake. it is the worst in recorded history for japan. much, much more coming up on cnn. many railways in japan were shut down after this quake and it was stranding tens of thousands of people who were unable to get home. i want you to take a look at the train system around tokyo. each of those black lines that you're about
overheats. >> this is from nhk on japanese television. essentially what you had was this reactor core started heating up after the accident, the pumps kicked in that are supposed to cool it down, but then they had an electrical failure and the pumps went dead. so a bunch of diesel pumps kicked in then, and they were running, then they went dead. not yet clear why. maybe the tsunami did this. then another set of battery pumps kicked in. they worked for a while, and they went dead. it appears maybe the batteries ran out. it's not entirely clear. then they started pumping in sea water to solve the problem. but anderson, i want to go back to what jim said at the beginning. as these rods become exposed in here, they heat up a lot. this uranium rod in here can go up to about 2,200 degrees in terms of the heat it can produce. but it melts at about 2,100 degrees. so the truth is if you can't keep enough water in there to keep it cooled down, it will start melting on itself. and what jim was talking about was the different chambers here. this is the reactor part itself. the concern earlier thi
on the nhk world website at the url shown on the screen. in this hour expecting to hear prime minister naoto kan with a special message to the japanese people. you are looking at the live footage from the prime minister's office in tokyo. first we have chief cabinet secretary -- chief cabinet secretary yukio edano entering the room. we are expecting to see prime minister naoto kan with a special message to the japanese people. here we have prime minister naoto kan. this is live footage from tokyo, prime minister kan's office. >> translator: i would like to speak to the japanese citizens. the situation at the fukushima number 1 nuclear power plant. please listen to my message calmly. the fukushima nuclear power plant, as has been explained so far, after the earthquake and tsunami the nuclear reactors have shut down, and ordinarily the emergency diesel engines that should have been used to cool down the reactors have all gone out of function. every possible method has been used to cool down the reactor. however, for reactor number 1 and reactor number 3 hydrogen came out, causing a hydrogen ex
. nhk has reported that number two reactor lost its cooling function. we want to remind you where the hardest hit cities and towns. sendai is close to the quake's epicenter. kesennuma still closer. worth noting here, fukushima, where the two power plants have been damaged. authorities have released radioactive steam to release pressure. behind the devastation is the reality that life as people knew it is forever changed. paula han congress joins us now from accept die. we understand you just returned from visiting a hospital there. >> reporter: i'm in ishinamaki, north of sendai. we have had local news reports suggesting 2,000 bodies have been found in these bodyies, minamisanriku where we visited was completely wiped out. we couldn't get next to the beach because there was a tsunami alert. here we are trying to get to the peninsula itself to see how devastating the damage is. it is very difficult. it is pretty much cut off at this point. we understand many rescue teams are relying heavily on helicopters. they have to get to these particularly bad hit areas by air because by roads
company said some workers on the ground were injured according to nhk. we will bring you much more on that as we get it. much more on japan and the quake's aftermath. plus we are in libya. gadhafi's force after his numbers regain the coastal city from rebels. first, making waves to save lives. we're inside a tsunami research lab to give you a closer look at one of nature's destructive forces. firls say there has been a release of radio active materials. the devastation like this we saw immediately after the quake hit has claimed 433 people so far and almost 800 are still missing. rescue teams are searching, but conditions like this are making it difficult. electricity is in scarce supply and some of the major companies have been affected by the quake. toyota has suspended four production sites. nissan has shut four sites. oil prices are hovering just over $101 a barrel. and the tsunami sparked fears in at least 18 locations across japan including an oil refinery. japan is one of the world's top oil consumers. these incredible videos show that tsunami is one of nature's most destruc
at are the pictures coming from public television state television nhk in japan. you see the graphic there on the bottom 8.4 quake. initially it was 7. 4. u.s. gs has it at 8.8 and 8.9 to. clarify we believe the latest u.s. gs is that it is an 8.8 or 8.9 is the very latest and nhk not to pick on any they have been behind on the estimate when others have reported greater magnitude so we think the latest magnitude, current magnitude estimate is 8.9 which puts it in the top just handful of earthquake in the past 100 years anywhere around the world. >> they have explained the japanese system rank quake on scale of zero to receive and this ace 7 on the japanese scale. so clearly it's a massive earthquake with tsunami that already struck in japan and now waiting to see what happens beyond japan. all the countries in the neighboring region that are on tsunami watch tonight and into tomorrow including the united states. hawaiian island. are at risk. >> right. we can for a moment let's seeó[ if anything criticl being said we can dip that the sound. we understand the broadcast is in
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